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Today’s Memory – Ginger Rogers

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Part of the joy of dancing is conversation. Trouble is, some men can’t talk and dance at the same time

Ginger Rogers

July 16, 1911, Independence, Missouri – April 25, 1995, Rancho Mirage, California


Ginger Rogers, born Virginia Katherine McMath, was an American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century.

She began her career as a dancer in vaudeville and made her Broadway debut in 1929. After starring in Girl Crazy (1930-1931), she moved to Hollywood. Her first performance with Fred Astaire, in Flying Down to Rio (1933), was so popular that they continued the partnership in nine more movies, including The Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936).

Fred and Ginger – Waltz in Swing Time from Swing Time (1936)

She also acted in the drama Kitty Foyle (1940) and in light comedies such as Tom, Dick, and Harry (1941) and The Major and the Minor (1942).

The Major And The Minor 1942

Rogers returned to the Broadway stage in 1965, taking the lead in Hello Dolly!, and she followed that in 1969 with a star performance as Mame in London.

During her long career, she made a total of 73 films and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle (1940).

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